Colonial Hurricane Shutters

What are Colonial hurricane shutters made of?

Colonial shutters have traditionally been made of wood, but newer, more sturdy options are made of aluminum. They are a beautiful addition to any home and come in many different design options. Colonial shutters are perfect for accenting your tropical Florida home, no matter what architectural style. Our hurricane shutter company is proud to install high quality, durable Colonial shutters.

  • Panel shutters
  • Louver shutters
  • Board & batten
  • Mission style or Craftsman
  • Farmhouse shutters
  • Victorian shutters
  • Cape Cod shutters
  • French country style shutters
  • Italianate house shutters
  • Greek revival
  • Mediterranean and Spanish Colonial
  • Ranch house

How do Colonial shutters work?

Colonial hurricane shutters are hinged along the vertical edges of windows and openings. When it’s time to hurricane-proof your home, they are quick and easy to deploy and offer solid protection. The shutters meet in the middle when closed to provide a protective covering. Storm bars are then installed over the shutters to ensure they are secure.

When not in use, Colonial hurricane shutters rest open to each side of the window or door, secured by pins, and add charm and character to your home.

What do Colonial hurricane shutters look like?

Colonial hurricane shutters can be powder-coated to match any paint color and make a lovely addition to many types of Florida home.

Are Colonial shutters effective?

Colonial shutters have been used for centuries to protect homes from excessive heat and cold, adverse weather, and hurricanes. They are some of the most stylish and versatile shutters and provide long-lasting beauty as well as protection when hurricane season hits.

What are the pros and cons of installing Colonial hurricane shutters?

Pros of Colonial Shutters

  • Adds to curb appeal of the home
  • Easy for one person to install if needed
  • Easy to operate
  • Increase home value
  • One-time investment
  • Permanently affixed to the home
  • Strong and durable

Cons of Colonial Shutters

  • Installing the storm bar or center rod to lock the shutters in preparation for a storm increases installation time.

Compare & Choose Hurricane Shutters Near Me

If you’re not sure which hurricane shutters are best for your home, give us a call. We’re available for a free in-home consultation and would be happy to help you choose hurricane shutters that:

  • Look beautiful
  • Protect your home and family
  • Fit into your budget
  • Meet all your needs

How much does it cost to install Colonial shutters?

Colonial shutters have an average price of $20-$30 per square foot. Of course, price depends upon the materials used to manufacture the shutter, the quality of the materials, the size of the window to be protected, the style of shutters chosen, and installation costs.

How to install Colonial shutters

To protect your home from hurricane damage using Colonial hurricane shutters: 

  1. Remove the pins securing the shutters to the siding. These are in place to keep the shutters from banging against your home. Be sure to remove each pin as there may be several.
  2. Next, swing each shutter in toward the center of the window. The shutters should meet in the center of the opening.
  3. After the shutters are closed, place the storm bar across the shutters and onto the brackets. 
  4. Secure the storm bar in place with the provided hardware – screws and wing nuts. To do this, simply insert a screw into each hole in the bracket and secure with a wingnut.

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How long does it take to install Colonial shutters?

After our crew of expert hurricane shutter installers puts up your Colonial shutters, you can expect about 45-minutes to an hour of time to hurricane-proof your home. Windows on upper levels of the home will require a ladder to secure the shutters with the storm bar.

How to maintain Colonial hurricane shutters

Before the next hurricane season arrives, it’s important to check your Colonial shutters for proper function and do a bit of preventive maintenance. Here’s how to maintain your Colonial shutters through another hurricane season:

  1. Wash shutters with water and a clean cloth to remove built-up salt, sand, and debris. We don’t recommend pressure washing as it can damage the shutters. Allow the shutters to dry.
  2. Inspect the shutters themselves to make sure that louvers are still affixed to the frame and that each is in good condition – no chipping, cracking, fading, or peeling surfaces. 
  3. Next, inspect the hardware. Ensure that hinges, locks, pins, and other moving parts are properly working. Adjust or tighten as needed. 
  4. Lubricate the hinges with silicone spray to keep them from oxidizing and seizing.

When to use hurricane shutters

The National Hurricane Center recommends putting up your hurricane shutters when a hurricane watch is issued for your area. 

  • A hurricane watch is issued whenever tropical storm conditions are expected to begin within 48 hours. 
  • Hurricane warnings are issued when tropical storm conditions are expected within 36 hours.

When do I need to remove my Colonial shutters?

In Volusia county, hurricane shutters need to be removed from the home no later than November 30th each year. The end of November marks the end of peak hurricane season.

Every city has its own codes and ordinances regarding hurricane shutters. Some require hurricane coverings to be removed within 72 hours of a “storm event”. Homeowners associations may also impose their own regulations regarding hurricane shutters. Follow the rules of the most specific governing sources. For example, a homeowners association’s rules supersede the rules of your city. If you do not have a HOA, then follow the rules of your city. If the city in which you live does not have regulations regarding the removal of hurricane shutters, then follow county codes.

However, the best advice for removing storm shutters comes from the fire department. Fire safety officials recommend removing hurricane coverings from your home as soon as the weather is clear and tropical storm conditions have passed. Blocked off windows and doors limit escape routes from the home in case of fire or emergency.

Keep your family safe and remove hurricane coverings as soon as possible.

Which hurricane shutters are best?

The best hurricane shutters:

  • Protect your home from hurricane damage
  • Fit into your budget
  • Maintain your home’s curb appeal
  • Are convenient to deploy
  • Give you peace of mind

In other words, the best hurricane shutters depend upon factors unique to you and your needs. We’d love the opportunity to create the right storm protection solution for your home or business. So call today!

Pros & Cons of Each Type of Hurricane Shutter

Pros of Accordion Shutters

  • Can be locked and secured to prevent theft
  • Easy for one person to install if needed
  • Easy to operate
  • Fits over any size window or door
  • Increase home value
  • One-time investment
  • Permanently affixed to the home
  • Strong and durable

Cons of Accordion Shutters

  • Blocks exits in case of emergency (see below)
  • Bulky – may look bad on some types of homes
  • Tracks may wear down over time

Pros of Bahama Shutters

  • Colors are fully customizable
  • Decorative and durable
  • Easy for one person to install if needed
  • Easy to operate
  • Increase home value
  • One-time investment
  • Permanently affixed to the home
  • Provides shade and protection

Cons of Bahama Shutters

  • Used for windows only

Pros of Colonial Shutters

  • Adds to curb appeal of the home
  • Easy for one person to install if needed
  • Easy to operate
  • Increase home value
  • One-time investment
  • Permanently affixed to the home
  • Strong and durable

Cons of Colonial Shutters

  • Installing the storm bar or center rod to lock the shutters in preparation for a storm increases installation time.

Pros of Roll Down Shutters

  • Easy for one person to install if needed
  • Easy to operate
  • Increase home value
  • One-time investment
  • Permanently affixed to the home
  • Strong and durable 

Cons of Roll Down Shutters 

  • Requires quarterly maintenance
  • Tracks may wear down over time

Pros of Hurricane Panels

  • Fits over any size window or door
  • Least expensive hurricane covering
  • Lightweight
  • Removable – doesn’t alter curb appeal
  • Strong and durable

Cons of Hurricane Panels

  • May have sharp edges
  • More than one person needed to install
  • Panels may not line up properly
  • Requires labelling and proper organization
  • Requires storage space
  • Takes more than an hour to install